Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS)
Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS) fell 4.4% as investors reacted to the company’s third quarter financial results and corporate update. The clinical stage pharmaceutical company did not report any revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017, as it is in the research and development phase.
Atossa’s Pipeline Development
Operating expenses for the quarter totaled $2.1 million and $5.6 million for the first nine months of the year. Research and development expenses in the quarter increased to $0.7 million from $0.1 million reported last year.
During the quarter, Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS) announced preliminary results from a Phase 1 study of its lead candidate drug Endoxifen. The drug met its primary endpoint with no significant safety signal or adverse events.
Atossa Genetics is currently preparing for a Phase 2 study that will evaluate Endoxifen for the treatment of women with mammographic breast density. The study will be conducted in partnership with the Stockholm South General Hospital in Sweden.
“We are very pleased with our recent clinical progress with our Endoxifen programs. Preliminary results from our Phase 1 study show that all objectives of both our proprietary topical and oral formulations of Endoxifen have been met. We recently raised capital to support advancement of our Endoxifen,” said CEO, Steve Quay
Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS) underperformance continued in the market following the third quarter financial results. The stock is currently languishing as it closes in on its 52-week low of $0.32 a share. The stock has shed more than 70% in market value since the start of the year. As it stands, the stock needs a new catalyst if it is to bounce back.
ATOS Public Offering Impact
Declining investor confidence in Atossa Genetics follows the pricing of a public offering of the company’s common shares at a deep discount. The move did not go well with investors. The public offering’s pricing triggered a selloff of the stock to current lows.
Atossa Genetics issued 11.5 million shares of common stock priced at $0.44 a share. The company also offered underwriters the option of purchasing an additional 1 million shares pursuant to the over-allotment option.
Gross proceeds before deduction of underwriting discounts commissions and the offering costs were approximately $5.5 million. Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS) plans to use net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes.
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